Several years ago, my husband and I started a fun Christmas tradition with the kids. Beginning December 1 we leave little stocking stuffer type gifts for them each morning. The gifts range from home made items, to candy, to socks, and everything in between and we try to keep everything Christmas themed.
Here’s the thing I’ve learned about teenage boys- they are really hard to find gifts for & all they really want is food.
What my men do have is a keen sense of humor, so I had a hunch that this manly wreath featuring my meat craving teenage boy’s favorite snack would be a hit. I’ll admit it, this Slim Jim wreath is one of the more whimsical Christmas ideas I’ve had in a while, but guess what, they all love it! My younger son wanted to know why he didn’t get one too, so before the season is up, I’ll be creating another one to hang on his door as well. Neither boys are really into salty & sweet snacks, so the bold and spicy taste of Slim Jims is perfect for them.
I purchased everything I needed to make this wreath at Walmart-
Four boxes of Slim Jim original in 26 count
Two sizes of embroidery hoops
Creating the wreath was actually easier than I though it would be, but do allow yourself a bit of time to put it all together.
First, using the smaller embroidery hoop, glue the bottom part of the Slim Jim all the way around the ring. This is your back layer, so make sure the Slim Jim itself is facing out.
Next, because this wreath is pretty heavy when it’s finished, you’ll need to stabilize it on the back.
Turn your wreath over, and hot glue the larder embroidery hoop to the Slim Jims. I glued every single one individually to the larger hoop because I didn’t want the little guys falling off when I hung it up.
Now, flip the wreath back over, and glue on the second layer of Slim Jims.
Each one should be facing the same direction with the label facing up.
Placement is easy, because the first layer of Slim Jims should peek out between the second layer.
A red bow and silly elf hat are great for the finishing touches, and a white ribbon works well for hanging.
I just looped the ribbon through the larger embroidery hoop and tied a bow at the top so it can hang anywhere.
I didn’t even glue on the elf hat, just wedged it into place between the Slim Jims.
The bow had a pipe cleaner on it already, so I twisted it onto the wreath.
I had originally only purchased two boxes of the 26 count Slim Jims, but I ran out so I sent my daughter back to the store for two more boxes. The Slim Jims are easy to find in Walmart, just look towards the lower half of the shelf.
Slim Jim says “Put some snap in their stocking!” and I totally agree!
Christmas decor is supposed to be fun and whimsical, and it’s supposed to make people happy and smile. This unconventional yet perfect wreath definitely accomplished that with my men.
I think my husband will be the first to try to secretly steal one (or five) of the Slim Jims from the wreath, but who knows. They’re a a family favorite snack around here, so it could be any of of them (certainly not me) who cave first.
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